Relationships between microstructures and metamorphic assemblages

R. H. Vernon*

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Microstructural criteria can assist in the recognition of chemically compatible and incompatible mineral assemblages, although chemical criteria may also be necessary. Microstructural relationships superficially indicating an "order of crystallization" in metamorphic rocks are commonly capable of an alternative explanation involving simultaneous growth of minerals. Many complex microstructural relationships can be interpreted in terms of a single metamorphic assemblage, rather than a sequence of assemblages. Relatively unambiguous microstructural relationships between minerals can sometimes be explained by contrasting metamorphic reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-452
Number of pages14
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 1977


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